Encompass Community For Independent Learning

Curious? …We AreToo!


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[See required forms at the bottom of this page]

Our Mission:

The Encompass Community is a partially grant-funded initiative of the Center for Education Innovation and a partnership w/ Friends Academy. Our goal is to provide experiential offerings and FREE/affordable resources to support homeschool families and life-long learners of all ages. We aim to build a hub of information centered upon curiosity, generated by and for Independent Learners.

2019/20 Offerings

NATURE: Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 9:45-12:45 pm

(Drop off option for 6+, Under 6 attend w/ family) Our Fall and Spring Nature program provides outdoor adventure, wilderness survival skills and seasonal projects on 65 acres of trails. There is always something fun going on here: from mud hut building, fire starting, owl pellet dissection, to compass orienting, scat identification, etc. These full mornings provide time for free play with mixed ages and families stay for our lunch-time social hour. Full mornings of Nature are included in our Yearly Membership plans or available by session

NATURE HYBRID: Monday Mornings
(Ages 6+, Drop off or while parents wait) includes 8 weeks of 90 minute classes that are both indoor and outdoor. This inquiry-based, research-oriented class is intentionally small and collaborative and involves data-collection and the use of technology. This past year, in “Animal Tracks,” the children used infrared and stop-motion video to chart the findings they gathered through observation of coyote, turkeys, deer, and fox in their natural habitat. Included in our Memberships or available by session

PLAYGROUP: Thursday Mornings                                                                                                (Ages 3-6 and siblings) Lively classes for the younger members of our community, facilitated in a nurturing environment by Friends Academy faculty! A rotating line-up of Art, Music, Yoga, Drama and Mindful Story-time! Playgroup has been one of our best-received offerings, as it has had a waitlist for over two years! Free for new families OR Membership ensures a spot for the year…

4H: Thursday Mornings
(Ages 6-10 and siblings) Stem, Agriculture, Citizenship and healthy living. Next up for 2019/20, we have “The Amazing Human Body” (which will run on alternating weeks with a movement-oriented course!), as well as “Children of the World,” and a revamp of “Plants in the Garden!” 4H was at capacity last year, so we are happy to open up spots for those participating in the 6-10 Membership plan. 

SHORT COURSES: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30        

(Ages 6-14, Drop off or while parents wait) Our Wednesday afternoon Short Courses provide experiential, hands-on exploration in the areas of Arts, Steam and Foreign Language through Project-based Learning modalities. We offer a varying roster of 6 week courses in special interest topics, facilitated by experts in their field. We invite friends and family to join in the fun on the last day of every session. 10 sessions are included in our Yearly Membership plans or available by 6 week session when available ($10 per class).


Early Fall: September 11-October 23rd 

Drama: Improv
Steam: Coding

Late Fall:  October 30th- December 11th (make up day on 12/18)

Drama Challenge
Steam: Design & Build

Winter: January 8thth- February 12th 

Drama Challenge
Steam: Design & Build

Early Spring: February 19th-April 8th

Art History Rockstars
Steam: Fractals

Late Spring: April 15nd- May 20th (make up day on 5/27)

Nature/Arts Connection
Steam: Brilliant Messes: slimes, doughs, and texturally diverse projects.


Memberships are designed for families who want to make use of all Encompass has to offer! By committing for the year, a significant discount is offered and families can come and go as they please…

Under 2: FREE for Sibs

2-5 Year Old: Includes the option to attend two Nature based classes w/ family per week for Fall and Spring sessions, Plus Playgroup for the year: Art, Music, Yoga, Drama and Mindful Storytime

6-10 Year Old: – Includes the option to attend two Nature based classes per week, either drop off OR w/ family for Fall, Winter and Spring sessions, Winter Hybrid Science course, 5 sessions of back to back Short Courses (Arts and Steam, Project Based Learning), 4H Club, PLUS older siblings can attend playgroup w/ younger sibling membership: Art, Music, Drama, Yoga, Storytime

11-14 Year Old:  Includes the option to attend two Nature based classes per week, drop off for Fall, Winter and Spring sessions, Winter Hybrid Science course, 5 sessions of back to back Short Courses (Arts and Steam, Project-based Learning)

Memberships include:

All learning materials (except 4H), including laptops and library access

“Expedition Days” where children can bring friends & family to participate for free

End of year celebrations

Discount for whole family on paid activities and automatic entry into free events

50% discount on younger sibling membership or yearly discount for two of same age brackets

Tailored programming

Parent support

Family Series w/ Cape Cod African Drum and Dance
9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 1/15

$25 per family when you preregister for all 6 classes $15 per person Drop in

AHEM Alliance for Home Education in Massachusetts
Getting Started Homeschooling, Zoom Info Session

Expedition of Projects
10/23, 12/11, 2/12, 4/8, 5/20                            

Open Nature Days
Fall TBD, Spring TBD                                                  

MOVIE: TBD April  2020

HIKE: TBD MAY 2020         

Required Forms:

Health Questionnaire
Pick Up Authorization Form
Prescription Medicine Release Form
Over The Counter Consent Form

Why Here? Why Now?

The Encompass Community at FA is housed under the existing Center For Education Innovation. With its overlap of progressive ideals and philosophical values, our program serves as a bridge between the Homeschool Community and the community at large on the South Coast….

FA and Homeschool families believe in alternative avenues of education:

FA is an accredited member of both The National Association of Independent Schools and the The Association of Independent Schools of New England. We are also endorsed by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.

FA and Homeschool families embrace Multiple Intelligences:

They value individual attention, self direction and project based modalities of learning. We learn through play in the Arts and Sciences.

FA and Homeschool families are civic-minded:

Both make time for service-learning and feel that giving back to society not only serves others, but also builds character and self esteem.

FA and Homeschool families respect diversity:

Both groups are inspired by personal experience, appreciate cultures outside their own and know that every person has a unique story to tell.

FA and Homeschool families are Nature-minded:

Both believe in working to sustain the planet through conservation efforts, are nurtured through earthly pursuits and seek experiences that link the inner and outer worlds.

Friends Academy campus closed until Monday, May 4. Distance learning now in session.Learn More